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Iraqi Christians Describe Expulsion From Mosul
Romania has struggled with an epidemic of corruption for years, but under pressure from abroad and from its citizens, officials are making strides toward reining in graft. The main anticorruption body was in the headlines this month as it pursued bribery charges against the brother of the president.
About two dozen women and children from the embattled city of Luhansk arrived by train on July 9 in Lviv, in the west of Ukraine. Parents said they left Luhansk fearing for the health and safety of their children as fighting intensified in the city between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces.
Shortly before the July 1995 massacre of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic appeared on television reassuring civilians, patting a boy's head, and giving chocolates to children. The boy he met, Izudin Alic, remembers that day as the last time he would see his father.
The Crimean peninsula has traditionally thrived on tourism along its Black Sea coast. But after Russia's annexation of the region in March, the number of tourists has plummeted, leaving restaurants, hotels, and tourist agencies struggling to survive. (RFE/RL)
Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk says Vladimir Putin's past as a Soviet intelligence officer has affected his "philosophy of aggression" with regard to Russia's neighbors.
One of the most notorious Russian epithets involves an unpleasant sentiment involving someone's mother -- a phrase that utilizes one of the most pungent sounds in the Russian language, "yo." Russian speakers have invented literally hundreds of G-rated ways to convey the sound without the sentiment.
A law banning swearing in film, theater, and other forms of art took effect in Russia on July 1. RFE/RL asked Moscow residents if they thought the new antiprofanity regulations would make ordinary Russians curse less. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)
U.S. Congressman Chris Smith has addressed the Nagorno-Karabakh issue during his visit to Azerbaijan and called for a special envoy to be named to mediate between Yerevan and Baku regarding the disputed territory.
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin noted Azerbaijan's "strategic partnership" with the United States in dealing with security issues, such as Iran and Afghanistan, but added Washington will continue to raise human rights problems with the Azerbaijani government.
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker described Russia's actions in Ukraine as having a "familiar ring from the 1930s." In an interview with RFE/RL's Arifa Kazimova in Baku, he said it is unacceptable for Russia to violate the borders of a sovereign nation "under the guise of protecting ethnic Russians." In Mar
A monument to Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin near a regional government building in the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk was dismantled on June 27. Workers used a crane to take apart the bas-relief bearing the words, "The Victory Of Communism Is Inevitable."
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko joined the leaders of Georgia and Moldova in signing agreements in Brussels on closer economic ties with the European Union. RFE/RL asked residents of Kyiv for their reactions. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili joined the leaders of Ukraine and Moldova in signing agreements in Brussels on closer economic ties with the European Union. The EU also agreed to closer political ties with Tbilisi. RFE/RL's Georgian Service got reactions from residents of the capital.
On June 28, 1914, Bosnian Serb revolutionary Gavrilo Princip assassinated the heir to Austria-Hungary's throne in Sarajevo, setting in motion events that led to the start of World War I. Princip was imprisoned in a fortress near Prague. A historian describes the assassin's torturous years there.
As troops fight the separatist insurgency in the country's east, a member of Ukraine's National Guard has complained about a lack of proper planning and pleaded with the government for more professional support for Ukrainian military operations.
In a pro-Ukraine demonstration outside the Russian consulate in Kharkiv, protesters sang a song about Russian President Vladimir Putin that became popular on the Internet thanks to football fans. Several dozen police were at the event, forming a dense ring between protesters and the consulate.
Pro-Ukrainian activists staged a protest outside New York's Carnegie Hall on June 15 during the performance of Russian pianist Denis Matsuev. The musician was among some 500 Russian celebrities who signed an open letter in March supporting President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea.
Mourners gathered in the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk on June 15 to remember the 49 servicemen killed the day before in an airplane attack near the eastern city of Luhansk. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
Amid heightened security, Afghan voters queued to cast their ballots in the runoff presidential election on June 14.
Ukrainian government forces reclaim a southern port city from pro-Russian rebels, Kazakh women confront officials over lost jobs, a university in Georgia hosts a Chinese language contest, plus stories from Pakistan and Russia.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces took up positions abandoned by Iraqi Army units around Kirkuk Province. Kirkuk Governor Najmiddin Karim promised that the province's citizens will be protected against the advance of Sunni Islamist militants.
Veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev, who has been barred from returning to his homeland after Russia's annexation of Crimea, says Moscow is relying "on the old Soviet policy of dividing the Crimean Tatars."
T-shirts featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin's image have gone on sale at the GUM department store near the Kremlin in Moscow. The campaign was organized by a pro-Kremlin group called "Vsyo Putyom" ("It's All Right"), a pun on the Russian leader's name.
Increased security as traffic police get guns in Pakistan, opposition activists detained in Russia, a rally against the Almaty mayor in Kazakhstan, plus more stories from Russia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
A donation organized by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan offers a glimmer of hope to Akhtara, a mother of four, who was left severely scarred after her husband's killer threw acid in her face and who had to resort to begging to make ends meet.
RFE/RL asks Volgograd citizens if they want their city to be called Stalingrad again.
RFE/RL asked St. Petersburg residents if they supported Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov's idea of changing their city name back to Leningrad.
The recent economic boom in northern Iraq has attracted thousands of migrant workers from South Asia and Africa. A group of Iraqi Kurdish photographers, moved by their own history as refugees and emigrants, has created a photography outreach project for Syrian refugees and foreign laborers.
Tattoo parlors, once a rarity in Iraq, are increasingly common on Baghdad streets as young men seek out fashionable new looks. But there's a darker side to the trend. Tattoo artists say a growing number of clients are choosing tattoos that could help identify them if they become victims of violence.
Polls have opened in Kosovo's snap parliamentary elections. The vote will determine the composition of the parliament, which will then select Kosovo's next prime minister and government. Video from polling stations in Prishtina. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
With 44 million smokers, Russia is the world’s second largest cigarette market after China. But a new ban on smoking in cafes, bars, and restaurants, which came into effect on June 1, might push some of those smokers to change their habits. (Produced by James Brooke, VOA News)
An activist recently released from rebel captivity in Donetsk says pro-Russian insurgents occupying the regional state security headquarters make their captives do menial work.
Ukrainian-born choreographer Petia Iourtchenko, who performs and teaches Romany dances around the world, says dance is a bridge between cultures and a unifying force for Roma everywhere.
In the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the regional administration and other major government buildings remain under the control of pro-Russian separatists. Local journalists have reported that people are being held hostage and tortured in the buildings.
Former President Aleksander Kwasniewski said late Polish communist leader Wojciech Jaruzelski deserved the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in negotiating a peaceful transition to democracy in the late 1980s.
Former Polish President Lech Walesa says he is "disappointed" with U.S. President Barack Obama's "lack of leadership" in world affairs. In an interview with RFE/RL in Warsaw ahead of the 25th anniversary of elections that marked the end of communist rule in Poland, the former leader of the Solidarit
Former Polish President Lech Walesa has called on Russia to change its policies regarding its neighboring countries. The former leader of the Solidarity freedom movement made the comments in an exclusive interview with RFE/RL in Warsaw ahead of the 25th anniversary of elections that marked the end o
Former Polish President Lech Walesa says the West played an instrumental role in bringing down communism in his country a quarter of a century ago.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz said the United States must stand against Russia's "acts of war" in Ukraine.
Veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev says Crimea could return to Ukraine's fold in several months. In an interview with RFE/RL's Kyiv bureau chief Inna Kuznetsova, Dzhemilev said continued economic pressure on Russia could help speed up the resolution of the Crimean issue.
During Ukraine's mass antigovernment protests early this year, the Trofanyuk family traveled to Kyiv to join the Maidan movement on Independence Square. Now back in their village in western Ukraine, the Trofanyuks are hoping that the early presidential election on May 25 will bring stability.
Former Polish President Lech Walesa has criticized leaders of Ukraine's pro-European Maidan protest movement for failing to negotiate with the former government, thus giving Russia a pretext for intervention.
Members of Iraq's Mandaean minority, who practice a distinct and ancient monotheistic religion, this week observed one of their holiest rituals, known as the Golden Baptism. The celebration took place in the Kurdistan region, where many Mandaeans from southern Iraq have sought refuge from violence.
Some Ukrainian families displaced from Crimea and the country's east have settled at the former residence of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in Mezhyhirya, near Kyiv.
The St. Petersburg-based organization Vykhod -- translated as Exit, or Coming Out -- offers support to the LGBT community in Russia, where laws against "homosexual propaganda" make it a crime to publicly promote gay rights. Leaders of the organization say they are coming under pressure.
Mosques across Crimea dedicated Friday Prayers to the victims of the 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars. May 18 marks of the 70th anniversary of the forcible removal of more than 200,000 Crimean Tatars from the peninsula, ordered by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
Oleksandr Hurov, a 36-year-old coal miner from Novohradovka in eastern Ukraine, says he was kidnapped and tortured by pro-Russian rebels after he took down a separatist flag from the main government building in his hometown.
Sahra Bahayi says she is the first female taxi driver in Afghanistan. Though her claim is hard to prove, the teacher and driver in Mazar-e Sharif is among very few Afghan women who drive at all. She faces threats, harassment, and accusations that her behavior is un-Islamic.
U.S. Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel visited Ukraine as part of efforts to promote a diplomatic solution to the current crisis. Stengel spoke to RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service about how the United States plans to support Ukraine's early presidential electi
Andrei Kondrashov is one of 300 media professionals awarded by Russian President Vladimir Putin for their coverage of events in Crimea. He says he sees no difference between journalism and propaganda.
Sixteen-year-old Oleksandr Kozlovsky was brought to the Czech Republic for medical treatment after being shot in the leg during pro-European demonstrations in February.
Hundreds of Muslims held Friday prayers outdoors near the Czech Interior Ministry in Prague on May 2. The gathering was held as a protest against a police raid during last week's Friday prayers at the Islamic Foundation in Prague, where forces detained an unknown number of Muslims.
Amid continuing tensions in Ukraine, Russia has been hard at work reconsolidating its influence in countries of Central Asia.
In an interview with RFE/RL, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele said that the EU's faith in a "win-win" policy of building a united Europe has failed.
In an interview with RFE/RL, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has introduced a type of foreign policy in which there are no rules.
In an interview with RFE/RL, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele said that he regrets not pursuing more comprehensive talks with Russia at an earlier time.
May 1 marked the 10th anniversary of the accession of 10 new member states to the European Union. In the Czech capital, Prague, RFE/RL asked fifth-grade students if they knew the significance of the anniversary.
As of April 28, Moldovans can travel to the European Union without visas for the first time. Domnica Vasilachi, a farmer in the village of Suric, is one Moldovan who is seizing the opportunity to go abroad for the first time, making plans to finally meet her two young grandsons in Greece.
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili sat down for an interview at RFE/RL's headquarters in Prague on April 25 with Georgian Service correspondent Salome Asatiani. Margvelashvili discussed what he would like to say to Russian President Vladimir Putin in potential talks.
Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti sat down for an interview at RFE/RL's headquarters in Prague on April 25 with Moldovan Service director Oana Serafim. He discussed Russia's actions in Crimea and reiterated the call for Moscow to withdraw its troops from Moldovan territory.
At weddings, on dance floors, and even in shopping malls, young Kyrgyz like to show off the dance moves known as Kara Jorgo, or the "Black Stallion." It's a folk dance that was once nearly lost to time, but has seen a sudden revival amid a growing interest in traditional Kyrgyz culture.
Away from the two government buildings being held by pro-Russian separatists, normal life goes on in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. (VOA)
The Moldovan village of Dorotcaia lies close to the administrative border of Transdniester -- and some residents think their town would be better off joining the breakaway region. But others worry that recent calls for a referendum on joining Transdniester have been driven by misinformation.
Thousands attended a pro-Ukrainian rally the eastern city of Donetsk on April 17 despite security worries as armed separatists continued to occupy government buildings in the Donbas region.
Afghan presidential frontrunner Ashraf Ghani said that he is prepared to contest a runoff election if necessary in order to ensure a strong mandate.
Newly-appointed Kyrgyz Prime Minister Joomart Otorbaev sat down for an interview with RFE/RL's Venera Djumataeva in Bishkek on April 17.
Under Turkmenistan's repressive regime, speaking out against the government can land the speaker in jail. But in recent interviews with RFE/RL's Turkmen Service, some citizens have begun to speak up for their rights, expressing anger with bureaucracy, corruption, and the lack of social services.
Acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya says evidence proves Russia's involvement in the destabilization of eastern Ukraine. In an interview to RFE/RL on April 14, he said the militant takeover of several eastern Ukrainian cities simultaneously was identical to the actions of pro-Russia
After a long and costly reconstruction project, the Bosnian National Library has been restored to its former grandeur and is ready to open to the public.
Interview with Norman Eisen, the U.S. Ambassador To The Czech Republic, Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute.
RFE/RL spoke to some of the pro-Russian activists rallying outside the occupied regional administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on April 8. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
Members of Russia's upper house issued a "declaration of solidarity" with Federation Council Chairwoman Valentina Matviyenko, who is on U.S. and EU sanctions lists over the annexation of Ukrainian Crimea. RFE/RL's Russian Service asked senators what the statement meant to them.
Pro-Russia demonstrators seized the regional headquarters of the SBU state security service on April 6 in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk.
As polls closed in Afghanistan's presidential election, RFE/RL correspondent Frud Bezhan reports from Kabul that the relatively peaceful process has sent a powerful message to the Taliban about Afghans' desire for democracy.
As Afghans cast their ballots for a new president on April 5, many voters expressed optimism that the election can bring positive changes.
Afghan voters lined up outside polling stations in the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif as voting opened in the country's presidential election. Local officials said that the early turnout was higher than expected. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
Rallies and boycotts in Ukraine, a violent protest in Kyrgyzstan, a mass grave in Pakistan, plus other reports from Pakistan and Tajikistan.
RFE/RL spoke to shoppers in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv who are boycotting Russian products amid tensions over Moscow's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.
RFE/RL's Moldova Service asked residents of Tiraspol, the capital of Moldova's breakaway pro-Russian Transdniester region, to comment on Chisinau's course to join the European Union and share their views on the region's prospects for the next five years. (RFE/RL's Moldova Service)
Members of Moldova's Gagauz ethnic minority shared their views with RFE/RL on Chisinau's push to join the European Union.
As Afghanistan prepares to vote for a new president on April 5, RFE/RL's regional director for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Akbar Ayazi, discusses the front-running candidates, the shaky security situation, and the measures put in place to help ensure a free and fair vote.
Ukraine's newly formed National Guard has been hard at work learning to defend the country amid fears of Russian incursions into Ukraine's eastern regions. At a base near Kyiv, the volunteers showed off their new skills to acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
As Afghans prepare to vote in the country's presidential election on April 5, some female voters feel that the stakes are especially high for them. They are hoping that the election results will bring stability and prosperity, and preserve the rights that Afghan women have gained.
Ukrainian riot police have disarmed members of the ultranationalist Right Sector group, who were staying in Kyiv's Dnipro Hotel. Ukraine's interior minister ordered the action after an alleged shooting by a Right Sector member left three injured. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
Veteran Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev said Crimean Tatars had little reason to trust Moscow after being forced out of their native land by tsarist and then Soviet authorities.
Video shot inside a hospital for tuberculosis patients in Tagtabazar, in Turkmenistan's southeastern Mary Province, shows poor conditions, including Soviet-era iron beds and an outdoor hose that substitutes for indoor plumbing. (Video by RFE/RL's Turkmen Service)
Ukraine's ultranationalist Right Sector movement has set up a recruitment center in the capital, Kyiv. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
Dozens of people staged a rally on March 30 in the Ukrainian city of Sumy, near the country's eastern border, amid fears of further Russian incursions into Ukraine. Activists said they were ready to defend Ukraine against Russia. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
Tight security in Kabul following a suicide attack, Kyrgyz women's rights activists march for peace, and a protest in Pakistan against the abduction of civilians, plus stories from Russia, Armenia, and Georgia.
Khatidzhe, an elderly Crimean Tatar woman, recalls World War II and the deportation of Crimean Tatars from their native land, and shares her fears of a new war in the wake of Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian region.
Ghulam Rasool is a local leader in an Afghan village just across the border from Turkmenistan. He says the southward migration of the river that divides the two countries, the Amu-Darya, is destroying villages on the Afghan side of the border.
Abdul Ghaffar is a resident of an Afghan village on the border with Turkmenistan. He was arrested and jailed in Turkmenistan for trespassing on land he claims should belong to Afghanistan, not Turkmenistan.
The "Person of the Year" award is selected and presented by Radio Azadi annually on the occasion of Norouz, the Persian New Year, and recognizes exceptional individual contributions to peace, democracy and culture in Afghanistan.
Ukrainian authorities have mobilized reservists amid tensions with Russia following the annexation of Crimea.
About 500 newly-recruited Ukrainian National Guard troops conducted training exercises near Kyiv on March 17. They were taught to fire Kalashnikov rifles and rocket-propelled grenades along with the basics of unarmed combat. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
Simferopol residents share their views with RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service on the prospect of Crimea seceding from Ukraine and joining the Russian Federation.
An emergency gorilla delivery, the birth of endangered Sumatran tigers, and a multimillion dollar "chicken cup" are the stories in this week's Lighter Side, which compiles some of the more quirky stories from around the world.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned Russia it risks "massive" political and economic damage over its actions in Crimea. Addressing German lawmakers March 13 in Berlin, Merkel said the EU's relationship with Russia would change if Moscow continued its course of the past weeks.
Russian troops conducted overnight training in Rostov Oblast near the Ukrainian border as tensions grew ahead of a planned referendum in Crimea that could lead to the Ukrainian region's annexation by Russia.
U.S. President Barack Obama met with new Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the White House on March 12 to underline their joint opposition to a planned referendum in Crimea.
Thousands gather as Afghanistan's vice president is laid to rest, Ukrainian protesters demand sanctions against Russia, a Belarusian political activist is released from prison, plus stories from Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan.
While the widespread protests in Bosnia-Herzegovina over economic woes that demonstrators blame on government corruption and inefficiency have abated, the underlying causes have not. Mirna Sadikovic of RFE/RL's Balkan Service reports on the Bosnians who are struggling just to buy food.
Tetyana Chornovol, one of ousted Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych’s most outspoken critics, gained international notoriety in December 2013 when she was savagely beaten by unknown assailants just hours after she published an article alleging high-level government corruption.
Thousands of children are abducted in Pakistan every year, kidnapped for ransom or sold into sexual trafficking or begging gangs. Some never make it home. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on how Pakistan is struggling to cope.
As tensions rise between Russia and Ukraine in the wake of a military incursion on the Crimean Peninsula, Ukrainian Americans are closely watching developments.
Refat Chubarov, the leader of Crimea's Tatar minority, has denounced a vote by the territory's pro-Russian lawmakers to join Russia and called for a boycott of a referendum planned for March 16 in which Crimean residents will be asked whether they want to join Russia.
Georgian citizens spoke to RFE/RL's Belarus Service on March 5 in Tbilisi, sharing their views about Russia's military intervention in the Ukrainian region of Crimea.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's intervention in Ukraine may have raised the consternation of the West, but at home he remains popular and his economy is, so far, intact.
Activists from Ukraine's Euromaidan Civic Sector and several children have prepared packages with toy soldiers and guns to send to Russian President Vladimir Putin amid Russia's intervention in the Ukrainian region of Crimea. The children told RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service in Kyiv they wanted Putin to
Journalist Natalie Sedletska is part of a team investigating documents left behind by ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych at his residence outside Kyiv.
An estimated 10,000 people attended a rally in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumy on March 2 to protest Russia's intervention in Crimea. Demonstrators held up banners saying, "We are not Russia," "Putin, hands off Ukraine," "Russia, stop Putin," and sang the Ukrainian national anthem.
To preserve the songs of Turkmen traditional musicians, a retired civil engineer in Ashgabat has started a "Museum of Bagshys" in his own home. (Video by Soltan Achilova, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service)
Ukrainian leaders, speaking to large crowds on Kyiv's Independence Square, named their nominees for an interim cabinet on the evening of February 26. The announcements prompted reactions ranging from cheers to cries of "Shame" and "Go shoot yourself." (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
The documentary film "Uluu Pamir" recounts the long journey of the Pamiri Kyrgyz. It takes a close look at their current situation in the village they call "Uluu Pamir" (Great Pamir) in the Van region of eastern Turkey.
Hundreds of people in the Ukrainian capital laid flowers, lit candles, and left crosses at makeshift memorials on February 25 to pay their respects to those killed in clashes with government forces.
It was a relatively calm morning on Kyiv's Independence Square after the violence and rapid political events of the previous days. On February 22, citizens maintained their patrols and candles were lit to honor the dead killed in clashes with security forces. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
In the center of Kyiv, ceremonies were held to say farewell to those killed during intense clashes between security forces and antigovernment protesters. Coffins of the dead were carried through the crowds on Independence Square.
Security Forces opened fire with live ammunition on antigovernment protesters in Kyiv. A sniper with the Ukrainian government forces was seen taking aim on February 20 before pulling back.
Seventy years ago, Mukhazhar Dzhabrailova and her family were deported from their village under the orders of Soviet leader Josef Stalin. She was the only member of her family to survive. (Video by RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service)
In Ukraine, antigovernment protesters engaged in a violent, pitched battle with security forces as they drove them back from Kyiv's Shovkovychna Street in a hail of stones. (WARNING: graphic violence) (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
Candidates running in Afghanistan's presidential election on April 5 laid out their viewpoints in televised debates sponsored jointly by Afghan National Radio and TV and RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan (Radio Azadi). In the second round, three candidates -- former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani, form
In the center of Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, a complex community has been created to support ongoing antigovernment protests. Demonstrators have built kitchens, organized self-defense groups, set up a first-aid station, started their own library, and have been entertained by folk and pop musicians. (Vi
A Tajik man who was attacked after speaking out about life as a homosexual in his country returned to speak with RFE/RL's Tajik Service about the assault.
According to a new report by a Kyiv-based nongovernmental press freedom organization, 136 journalists have been beaten, injured, detained, or had their equipment damaged since the start of antigovernment protests in November 2013.
In a wide-ranging interview with RFE/RL's Moscow Bureau Chief Leonid Velekhov, veteran Russian figure skater and politician Irina Rodnina, who won three Olympic gold medals, defended the costs of the 2014 winter games before she traveled to Sochi to participate in the opening ceremony.
A prosthetic hand sends sensory information to its wearer's brain, engineers turn pollution into plastic, and objects levitate with the help of sound waves.
Activists rallied in New York on February 5 to call on sponsors of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi to speak out against Russian antigay legislation. The event was organized by gay-rights group All Out and took place simultaneously in some 20 cities around the world.
To counter the unexpectedly ferocious response by government forces against journalists, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service video journalist Yevhen Solonyna created a metal jacket for added protection during coverage of violent antigovernment protests in Kyiv.
U.S. diplomat James Warlick, a co-chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group, has said that there is a "window of opportunity" for a resolution between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Twenty-seven-year-old Nazia Parveen is a pioneering Pakistani rock-climber who says the sport has given her the confidence to stand up to critics of her nontraditional pursuit. (Produced by Zaland Yousafzai of RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal and Margot Buff)
RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service traveled to the village of Vyshenky in Kyiv Oblast to speak with local residents who found Dmytro Bulatov -- one of the leaders of Automaidan, the automotive flank of Ukraine's Euromaidan protests -- who said he was abducted, beaten, and then abandoned by his captors.
After years of hiding his true sexual identity, a Tajik homosexual has shared his story with RFE/RL's Tajik Service.
Former Croatian President Stjepan Mesić congratulates RFE/RL's Balkan Service on its 20th anniversary, noting the bravery of the journalists who founded the service during the height of the Bosnian War.
For Muslim converts, like Sabira and Bogdan in the Russian region of Tatarstan, Islam offers not only a new faith, but also a new way of life.
Locals and environmentalists say the intense building effort ahead of the Sochi Olympics has generated mountains of garbage and streams of toxic waste, damaged the ecosystem, and destroyed wildlife sanctuaries.
Russian acrobats win the Golden Clown award, a probe sends a message from deep space, and Mexican priests bless family pets in this look at the week's light news from around the world.
In the village of Bereznuvativka in Ukraine's eastern Dnipropetrovsk region, Harik Nihoyan, the father of Serhiy Nihoyan -- one of the first victims of violent clashes between demonstrators and police in Kyiv -- told RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service that his son participated in the antigovernment protests
Demonstrators sang the Ukrainian national anthem as the body of a protester killed amid violent clashes with police January 22 was brought out of a makeshift hospital in Kyiv and loaded into an ambulance. (Video by RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
Hundreds of riot police attempted to break through barricades built by antigovernment protesters on Hrushevsky Street in central Kyiv. Police later retreated as the demonstrators regrouped and rebuilt parts of the barricades. (Reuters video)
Afghanistan's opium industry not only fuels massive exports -- it also supplies a growing number of addicts within its own borders.
RFE/RL Ukrainian Service journalists Dmytro Barkar and Igor Iskhakov were beaten and detained by police while covering clashes in Kyiv on January 20. After their release, they described those events.
With January 21 marking 90 years since the death of Vladimir Lenin, RFE/RL asked young people from various former Soviet republics what the Bolshevik leader means to them.
A day after Ukraine's parliament passed legislation that limits freedom of speech, cracks down on street protesters, and punishes opposition lawmakers, residents of Kyiv expressed grave concerns over the new laws. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
Afghanistan's Interior Ministry has named Colonel Jamila Bayaz as a district police chief in Kabul, making her the first woman to hold that role in the country. RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan spent some time with Bayaz on the job in Kabul's District 1.
Entire families have made tents their home in Kyiv's Independence Square as pro-EU demonstrations continue in the Ukrainian capital. RFE/RL met with members of two such families.
Ice sculptures shine in China, Christians swim for a blessing in Istanbul, and a baby panda makes its debut in this roundup of lighter stories from around the world.
Activists have prevented Afghan-bound NATO supplies from crossing through northwest Pakistan for over a month in an effort to pressure the U.S. to stop drone strikes. Local transport is nearly at a standstill. (Produced by Daud Khattak, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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